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Paradise Island
Go! Room 4
Thursday, May 15

Jenny Hoyston of Erase Errata brings the high energy of that West Coast outfit's interlocking new-wave guitar and darting vocals to a fantastic new place called Paradise Island. Her recent, self-titled EP sports beats for dancing, and there's even a dollop of broken folk music, a la the Holy Modal Rounders. These fresh ideas are sure to light up the dance floor and spark the imagination. --Jason Perlmutter

Sondre Lerche (opening for Nada Surf)
Cat's Cradle
Friday, May 16

Lerche crafts outstanding orchestral pop noticeably influenced by his idols Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello and Cole Porter. Not bad for a 20-year-old from Bergen, Norway. Get there early; he opens for the headliners, power-pop outfit Nada Surf. For more information, call 967-9053 or visit catscradle.com. --Chris Toenes

No River City
Caffe Driade
Saturday, May 17

As No River City, guitarist-songwriter Drew de Man and his partner, cellist-keyboardist Terri Onstad play spooky, dangerous music. On the band's self-titled, three-song EP, two of the tales are about despair, desire and cold-blooded murder. Their latest, full-length release, This Is Our North Dakota, is more melancholy than murderous, but there's still little cause for celebration. "Knock-you-dead heartbreaker songs," is how de Man describes tunes such as "Fainter on My Tongue," "Running to Stand Still" and "Last Thing I Remember." There's a bounce to them, but you really couldn't dance to this music unless you could call hopping over the broken glass on the floor from where you chucked all your lovers' stuff through the window dancing. You could call it country-creeper-folk-music-to-leave-your-lover-by, but you'd be better off just tearing off the label and enjoying some well-crafted tunes from de Man who makes misery an art form. For more information, call 942-2333 or visit caffedriade.com. --Grant Britt

The Avett Brothers
The Pour House, Raleigh
Tuesday, May 20

O Brother! The Avett Brothers, out of Concord, N.C., make harmony-drenched country music in the spirit of the Louvin Brothers and deliver it with the energy of the Stinson Brothers. But it's their exceptionally strong writing that's most likely to separate the Avetts from much of the alt-country pack. For more information, call 821-1120 or visit the-pour-house.com. --Rick Cornell

Mayday
Go! Studios
Wednesday, May 21

Ted Stevens--member of the now-defunct Lullaby for the Working Class and guitarist for various Omaha, Neb., bands such as Cursive--makes homemade country songs in Mayday. His moniker stems from an annual May 1 concert he and friends give in Omaha, and this year's month of flowers finds Stevens spreading the often plaintive, quiet musical love beyond his native city. With the Sorry About Dresden side project Erie Choir and the Cold Sides. --Michael J. Kramer

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